Painted Blooms

Painted Blooms handstamped card

I needed a larger card to enclose something I needed to mail so this is what I came up with in less than 15 minutes. The piece of the beautiful Painted Blooms designer series paper was laying on my desk, a reject from a previous project. It was the perfect size for this card made from a full sheet of Wild Wasabi cardstock. I had a square of Gold Glimmer Paper laying on my Big Shot table that was just the right size for cutting out the butterfly which I added with a Stampin’ Dimensional. I tied a Blackberry Bliss bow using the ‘fork’ method and added it at the bottom of the designer series paper with glue dots.

A beautiful thing about using photopolymer stamps is that you can see exactly where you are going to stamp and you can line them up perfectly on one acrylic block. The greeting is composed of two stamps from the Work of Art stamp set. I love the combination of the two fonts!

The beautiful Painted Blossoms designer series paper will not be in the new annual catalog so you have until June 2nd to stock up on it.

This month is also the time that many Stampin’ Up! stamps and other products are being retired to make room for new, exciting product. The supply of retiring stamp sets is guaranteed until May 26 but all other items are on an ‘as supply lasts’ basis, are discounted up to 50% and are beginning to sell out quickly. Go check out the retiring items now and order them while you can. My online store is here

To order the supplies I used in this card, click on the images below.


Retirement List Help

Link to the Stampin' Up! 2015 retirement lists

Have you been to the Stampin’ Up! site to see the retirement lists yet? If so you may be as frustrated as I am by the very small print. Click¬†2015_Retiring-LargePrint_Alpha to see the retirement list in large print and by page number and¬†2015_Retiring-LargePrint_Alpha to see the list in large print and in alphabetical order. Then click on the image above to order those things you want.


The availability of stamps is guaranteed if you order by May 26 but accessories are on an ‘as supply lasts’ basis and most of the 2013-2015 In Color papers, inks, and refill inks have already sold out. So have the Heart Collection Framelits. The packs of selected individual colors in 12 x 12 size are being discontinued and have also sold out already.

I highly recommend you waste no time in checking out the retirement lists and placing your orders now! When you do order, use the Hostess Code EURP4CUG and I will send you a free gift for ordering from my online store.

Last Day!

Free Shipping April 6-10

Today is the last day for free shipping from Stampin’ Up! Any size order qualifies for the free shipping except for Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. (The shipping charge for them is discounted all the time.) Now is the time to stock up on your supplies and order a few more items from your wish list. The 2013-2015 In Colors will be retiring the end of May so be sure you have all the reinkers for those ink pads. Check out the Weekly Deals below and the Clearance rack to round out your order.images of the Weekly deals for 4-7-15

Whoop! It’s Coming!

Free Shipping April 6-10

It’s not often that Stampin’ Up! offers FREE SHIPPING and certainly not on everything except Paper Pumpkin subscriptions and certainly not for 5 DAYS!

  • How about a little shopping relief in the midst of figuring out your taxes?
  • How about rewarding yourself now that you have finally filed your taxes?
  • Now is the time to stock up on your stamping supplies and perhaps check off some of the items still on your wish list and get FREE SHIPPING!
  • Get it? FREE SHIPPING!

Get your wish list ready so you can order early next week. Volume of orders will be high so place your order early to avoid delays. Call me with your order, email me with your order, or place your order through my online store next week. If you place your order on Monday, you will still be able to order items from this week’s Weekly Deals at 15% off shown below. Then place another order later in the week to take advantage of the new Weekly Deals that will come out on Tuesday. There is no minimum order requirement.

Images of the Weekly Deals for week of 3-31-15


All Good Things Come to an End

SAB New ItemsToday is the last day you can choose a free item for each $50 in product you order through my online store. That’s right, Sale-A-Bration ends at midnight. It is sort of like cinderella, midnight is the deadline. Check out the wonderful Sale-A-Bration frre items you can choose from by clicking on the image above and then hurry over to my store to place your order before the clock strikes 12 Mountain Time.

You might want to order some of the new Weekly Deals to make up a $50 order and get a free SAB product at the same time. Check them out below!

Images of the Weekly Deals for week of 3-31-15

Paper Pumpkin sale imageFinally there is a third way to order $50 to get a free SAB item and this one also ends tonight! Preorder a 3 month subscription to Paper Pumpkin, a monthly stamping surprise in the mail, and get $5 off for the three month subscription. There is no limit to the number of three month subscriptions you can purchase at this sale price so order four and get a $20 savings for the whole year! You just use one subscription at a time.

Why get a subscription to Paper Pumpkin? Do you

  • like to get a surprise in the mail? Each month you will receive a complete paper crafting kit which will be an exciting surprise.
  • have limited space for crafting supplies? Everything you need to create the monthly project are included in the kit.
  • Have limited time to spend creating fun projects? These projects are quick and can easily be completed in about 1/2 hour. Plenty of time for a little ‘me’ time while your baby sleeps.

Then Paper Pumpkin is for you. I’ll be happy to get you started but do take advantage of this sale price while it lasts!


Only a few days left!

Paper Pumpkin sale imageWhat is Paper Pumpkin you ask? It is a monthly subscription to a creative kit from Stampin’ Up! Each month you receive in the mail this cute pre-cut cardstock, ink and stamps, and embellishments are provided along with detailed directions for completing the project. Each month is a different project. Sometimes it is a card, sometimes a journal, and sometimes a party decoration. A Paper Pumpkin subscription is perfect for you if you

  • have little space to store a lot of crafting supplies
  • have little spare time but really like to do paper crafting because most of the projects can be completed in about 30 minutes
  • love getting fun things in the mail
  • love getting a surprise every month

During Sale-A-Bration, a three-month prepaid subscription is on sale. Not only is it on sale but the sale price is over $50 so you also get to choose one of the Sale-a-Bration free items. You can purchase more than one three-month prepaid subscription for more savings. That is what I did. I bought two of them. When your order is processed, you will receive an email with a code number to use when you access your prepaid purchase. If you order more than one three-month prepaid subscription, you will receive a separate code for each three-month subscription. Be sure to save those codes as you will enter the second code to access your second three month when the first subscription expires. If you bought 4 of these at the sale price, you would save $20 over the 12 month prepaid subscription price. And you would get to choose 4 free Sale-a-Bration items. What a great deal is this?! But you must hurry and place your order with me or through my online store by next Tuesday evening. Click on the image above for more details and to order.


Heartfelt Thank You

handmade thank you cardI was asked this week to make a large, very large thank you card for our church choir director. I convinced the person requesting this that a card with several pages inside would work better than a very large card. This card is a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ card with two additional sheets of Whisper White cardstock inside.

The outside is a sheet of Painted Bloom designer series paper (137784). I created the greeting in MDS and printed it out on a scrap of the reverse side of this flower design. Then I cut it out with one of the Labels Collections Framelits (125598).

I layered pieces of music cut from an old song book on Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out with the largest size die of the Hearts Collection (125599), the scalloped one. I used glue dots on the scallops to adhere some retired pleated ribbon around the heart and then mounted it on the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To make this card yourself, you can trace around that scallop heart die and cut it out with your paper snips to make a mat for the heart in place of the ribbon. A few Pearl Basic Jewels (119247) gave added interest.

I stamped ‘from all of us’ from the Crazy about You stamp set (w – 138856, c – 138859, p – 137137) with Wild Wasabi ink on the first Whisper White page and adhered ‘Thank’ and ‘You’ cut out of Wild Wasabi with the Hello You Thinlits Dies (137363) (bundle of Crazy about You and Hello You Thinlits available, see below) underneath the stamping.

I held the cover and inside pages together with a length of retired gold cord tied around the spine of the card. Since this is a larger card, I used a sheet of Painted Blooms and the Envelope Punch Board (133774) to create an envelope.

To order the supplies I used for this card, just click on the linked photos below.

So Much To Share

This is Terrific Tuesday and there is so much to share!

There are new digital downloads. I created this digital card with two of them, So Very You (138156) and Kinda Eclectic (138154).

Digital greeting card created with Kinda Eclectic and So Very You digital downloadsYou can see all the new downloads here. Click on the images for more details and to order them.

Terrific Tuesday…almost.

Yes, today is Tuesday and we do have new Weekly Deals to make the day exciting. However, it is with sadness that Stampin’ Up! has announced that they are discontinuing all Blendabilities and will not be offering them in the near future. Too many of the alcohol markers were drying out even before they were sold due to microscopic holes in the casings. So Stampin’ Up! made the difficult decision to not carry them any longer. They are proud of the quality of their products and could not in good conscience continue to sell a product which couldn’t be depended on. I am proud to be part of a company who is so conscientious about providing the best quality products to their customers!

So now what do you do? Below is a chart to guide you, Not all Blendabilities are defective so if the ones you already have are working fine, continue to enjoy them while they last. All alcohol markers will eventually dry out. That is the nature of these markers.

table about what to do with backordered Blendabilities Now what do we do for coloring in images? I truly loved using my Blendabilities and hope in the near future Stampin’ Up! is able to create a way for us to carry some other brand of alcohol marker. Meanwhile, we can go back to using Blender Pens (102845), our Stampin’ Write markers, and Aqua Painters 103954). You can pick up ink from the markers with the blender pens. Or you can squeeze the lid of a stamp pad to pick up some of the ink on the lid. Then use an Aqua Painter or blender pen to transfer that ink to your image. Alternately you can add a drop or two of reinker to the lid of your stamp pad and the pick it up from there to paint your image.

Enough of the sadness, on to the new Weekly Deals. You can see them below. Just click on the photo to get more details and remember that these prices last only through Monday night so order the ones you want now. Procrastination will cause you to miss out!

screen shot of the Weekly Deals for 3-10-15